Brad Lomenick’s name has come up repeatedly over the years here at Thinking Out Loud. He has been a force in the Catalyst conferences, and we often reference and link to his monthly list of Young Influencers, younger leaders who are making a difference.
A few days ago he published a list of 30 links to organizations that he considers to be the top 30 vital movements currently shaping Christian community. Many, but not all, are American. Three of these I had never heard of. I’m taking the liberty of reproducing it here, but if you wish to comment, why not do so at Brad’s blog.
4. Jesus Culture
6. Worship Central (London)
7. Verge/Austin Stone
9. IF Gathering
10. Reach Records/Lecrae
11. Leadership Summit/Willow Creek
12. Misfit/Christ Tabernacle
15. North Point Ministries/Drive Conference
19. FPU/Dave Ramsey
20. Rick Warren/Saddleback/PEACE
21. Gospel Coalition
22. HTB/Alpha Course
23. Leadership Network
24. Thrive Conference/Bayside Church
25. Luis Palau Association
26. Women of Faith
27. Send North America
28. The Bible Series/Son of God Movie/Mark Burnett and Roma Downey
29. Relevant Magazine/Media Group
Too much rain in England, too little in California. Snow and ice in Texas, a balmy 70-degrees at the Winter Olympics. Whether you believe these are the end times, or simply attribute it to global warming, either way, it’s time to pour a coffee and read this week’s link list.
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- What if the people who put their energy into this pessimistic, satirical church website had instead created an actual fruit-bearing church that non-Christians would want to attend?
- The face of Evangelicalism in the UK is somewhat monopolized by programs managed by the ministry conglomerate, Holy Trinity Brompton.
- One of the stars of National Geographic’s Snake Salvation is dead of a snake bite. He is also reported to have refused medical intervention.
- One survey is suggesting that only 11% of young Christians could come up with an answer to the “Why Wait?” question.
- Move over, Systematic Theology, there’s a new theological textbook in town.
- A Philadelphia reporter looks at a Catholic and a Mormon congregation experiencing very different states of financial health.
- Christian rapper Bizzle has reportedly received death threats following the posting of a video that is a response to a song sung at the Grammy Awards.
- The latest faculty member at Southern Evangelical Seminary & Bible College in Matthews, N.C is a robot. Current duties include frightening a cat, but its role will increase in a study of human-machine relationships and ethics.
- Pastors: Check out this succinct summary of three lessons learned in an art gallery on maintaining unique ministry vision in a copy-and-paste world.
- Not sure if there was a swimsuit competition, but one writer has composed a list of the top 60 Evangelical theologians…
- …but one astute reader noted that absent from the list was Roger Olson.
- Kirk Cameron’s Unstoppable film from Provident Pictures tops the Christian DVD chart this week.
- Reconciling the Old Testament God and the New Testament God may be rooted in a wholly Trinitarian understanding of both.
- Straining at gnats and swallowing camels? Forget the young-earth/old-earth controversy, the in thing this week has to do with camels in Genesis.
- Tired of the same old ministry models? How about a marijuana ministry that offers cannabis compassion?
- Missional churches are naturally opposed to the big-box, attraction church model, but even in that context, there is a need for collective, corporate gatherings.
- From the land down under — you may need enhanced internet service — 10 rules for preaching the parables.
- Uber-blogger Tim Challies has kicked off a new series dealing with “some of Christianity’s most notorious false teachers.” Begin with Arius, who didn’t believe Jesus was co-eternal with God.
- A Mennonite pastor notes that his church’s discussions about sexuality often omit specific references to sin.
- Lost video treasures: Here’s an alternative rendering (that’s a clue) of the popular worship song 10,000 Reasons (Bless the Lord).
- Essay of the Week: What kind of world do your kids choose to live in?
- A blogger who is in the middle of converting from Christianity to Judaism interviews someone who has ‘de-converted’ from Christianity to atheism. A Christian writer says such stories “are like blood in the water for circling skeptics.” Read her reaction.
- Not sure why they published this as a women’s book, as I know a few guys who also feel their world is crashing: You’re Going to Be Okay is the newest from Holley Gerth.
- The latest conflict between pro-life ideals and abortion inducing drugs doesn’t involve an organization concerned about health care spending; this time it’s about a pharmacist.
- When a converted lesbian spoke at Wheaton College, some students organized a demonstration, though not necessarily against the choice of chapel speaker.
- Despite being in a “people business,” many pastors are terrible at leading their own staff. Clout author Jenni Catron suggests three reasons.
- Okay, just hypothetically, what if Evangelicals had this type of website? (Catch the last video, Attending a Mormon Church Service — three hours with no coffee break — also on YouTube.)
- Who knew? There’s a blog with a high Technorati rating called Theology For Girls.
- I liked this book, but with some language issues, it’s not for sale at CBD.
- If you transition from a megachurch to a small church plant, you’ll need to adjust your worship singing volume.
- Finally, I just had to go to Yahoo Images and look up Salvation Mountain upon hearing that its creator died this week. (Technically, it was God that made the mountain…)
Paul Wilkinson blogs daily at Thinking Out Loud, but has been known to name-drop this Christianity Today connection in conversations. Suggestions are welcome, but make sure they’re real stories.
Upper photo: sourced at Matthew Paul Turner’s blog, who got it from Tumblr. Click image to link.
Clark Bunch includes one of these CoffeeWithJesus.com panels in his Monday blog post each and every week.
The Weekend List Lynx
Some classic stuff from my files; none of this is new — most is from the Summer of 2011 — but it might be new to you. Mostly these are links I saved that I felt worth keeping at the time…
- For those of us who are too Evangelical for Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” here is a new set of lyrics for which the author obtained a mechanical rights release, the way you’re supposed to. You might want to bookmark this for Easter.
- “Are religious enthusiasts just naturally obnoxious? Or do certain forms of Christianity attract people who have an insatiable need to impose their beliefs on others? Do some of us simply have nothing on the the mental dashboard that registers “too intense?” Classic Michael Spencer at Internet Monk.
- And some classic Michael Patton at Parchment and Pen: What if the Apostle Paul’s story of the Messiah were a book proposal or a movie pitch? Paul would almost certainly get a rejection letter for having something unmarketable.
- From a 2011 Pew Forum study, when asked what is the main threat to Evangelical Christianity 47 percent of leaders said Islam is the main threat but 71 percent put secularism in that category.
- There are a lot of blogs and websites for pastors about leadership, but Mark Galli suggests that what is really needed is pastors trained for chaplaincy.
- Ten quick facts about Mormonism.
- The part of the church service that usually doesn’t come under the microscope is the announcements. The author of this piece once tweeted, “I wish the bible had direction on how to do announcements during a service. It has to be the least effective thing the church does universally.”
- Since the beginning of time as we know it, Phil Johnson and the Kalvinist Klan at Pyromaniacs have been offering us a “Weekly Dose of Spurgeon.” if C. H. Spurgeon has never been on your radar, drop your scanning speed down a gear and soak up his explanation of what it means to say “Jesus emptied himself.”
- “..There was a bacteria in this youth-ministry entrepreneurial movement that has now been passed on to pastors. Because the focus was on winning participation, there was a little need or desire to reflect, especially to reflect theologically about the practice of ministry.” Andrew Root at IVP’s Online Pulpit.
- Predating The Phil Vischer Podcast: Skye Jethani interviews Phil Vischer in April, 2012.
- I remember when atheist Hemant Mehta posted this like it was yesterday: A survey that found many atheists who were also scientists enroll their children in a church program.
- Ravi Zacharias quotes one of his professors: “Prophecy is very difficult, especially when it’s about the future.” What’s the future of western culture?
I think we’ll limit this rewind edition to a dozen; sometimes there are so many and people don’t know where to begin. I tend to be a “hoarder” with bookmarks in my computer; I hate to delete things, even if they appeared in previous link lists, because I keep thinking they are going to be needful and relevant to someone.
There is definitely a wealth of “backlist” items in the blogosphere that one hopes will keep being discovered.